Hipcamp host Richard J.,
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Pitch your tent near the private lake free (mostly) from the sound of traffic. There is water sports including, a fishing boat, canoe, kayak, as well as hiking trails in the forest. No fishing license is required as this is a private lake. Life jackets are required for everyone on a boat, canoe or kayak. There is a "bent Tree" in the forest, that may have been created by the

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Pitch your tent near the private lake free (mostly) from the sound of traffic. There is water sports including, a fishing boat, canoe, kayak, as well as hiking trails in the forest. No fishing license is required as this is a private lake. Life jackets are required for everyone on a boat, canoe or kayak. There is a "bent Tree" in the forest, that may have been created by the Indians a long time ago.  There is a cabin with a flush toilet and an outdoor kitchen with a wood fired pizza oven for cooking. There is a picnic table and fire ring at each campsite. We plan to add a tipi as a fifth campsite this year.

This campground is located on the Flying J Farm, a sustainable farm where we practice regenerative agriculture growing grass-fed, grass-finished beef, maple syrup, and vegetables, chemical free, no antibiotics, and no hormones. The proprietor is Richard Jensen, a former pilot, professor, writer, and editor, now enjoying retirement as a farmer. Farm products are available to campers for purchase.

The land is described as "250 acres of rolling hills with a lake, a pond and three streams." The road to the campsite runs through pastures so campers may need to open AND CLOSE gates so the cows don't get out, on your way to the campsite. The camping area is located near our developing perennial food forest where we have started fruit trees, nut trees, and berries. A garden of annuals including herbs and flowers is located near the area as well. There is an abundance of wildlife including, deer, water birds, song birds, hawks, rabbits, squirrels, raccoons,  turkeys, coyotes, and owls.

For campers we offer a 10 percent discount on all of our organically grown farm products including grass-fed beef, maple syrup, and vegies. Beef includes grilling steaks, hamburger patties, hot dogs, and brats.

New in July, blackberry season has started. Campers are welcome to help themselves to wild blackberries at the edges of the woods and on trails through the woods.

"RANGER TALK". Do you attend the ranger talk when you go to National Parks? You can request an educational experience while you are camping at the Flying J Farm. Farmer Richard Jensen is pleased to offer a short talk and discussion about finding health through food, protecting the environment, and alternative energy as practiced at our farm. Just ask for it in your message while booking your stay, it is free.

Nearby, actually adjacent to the farm, is the Vineyard and Winery at Otter Creek. The chalet is open on Friday and Saturday evenings.

Please let us know via message what time you will arrive and check in at the farmhouse when you arrive. You will be escorted to your campsite.

NEW: Because of demand this month, I have added a fifth campsite. This one is in the woods on the lake but is further from the restroom, 350 steps. It will be open when it is fairly dry, closed when wet, but it is the nicest site here. I have added Site 6 which is in the woods on top of a hill, You can sort of see the water.

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers
6 sites
Up to 6 guests per site
Park at listing
No wheelchair access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Amenities
Potable water available
Showers available
Picnic table available
No kitchen
No wifi
Pack it out
Camping vehicle details
Generators allowed
No electrical hookup
No water hookup
No sewage hookup
No TV hookup
Pull-in site
Max length 14ft
Surface type: grass or field
Surface levelness: flat
Doesn't accommodate slideouts
Have a question? Send Richard a message!
  • Check in: After 1PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Super Flexible
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 6 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 10% off
  • Response time: Within an hour
  • Response rate: 100%

Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Biking

On trails in woods or on township roads in the neighborhood.

Boating

Canoe, kayak, row boat

Fishing

Yes, from shore and row boat, catch and release

Hiking

There is a maze of trails in woods

Wind sports

No

Wildlife watching

If you are quiet, deer, turkeys, etc.

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Lake and Forest Camping in Ohio.

Forest

There is a 60 acre forest around the lake, with a maze of trails, including a "Bent Tree".

Wetlands

There is a beautiful wetlands in the forest.

Farm

Farm animals include, cows, horses, chickens, golden retriever

Lake

Places to see near The Lake at the Flying J Farm

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Hipcamper Ethan
Ethan N.
recommends this listing.
(Site 6)
October 20th, 2021

We were looking for a rustic and semi-secluded camping experience and Lake Forest Camping aka Flying J Farm delivered.

Richard was excellent to work with and a most gracious host. The cabin that houses the bathroom and shower is conveniently located and runs on solar power.

Overall, it was a great experience and we plan to go back. Next time we will buy some of their meat and maple syrup to enjoy at the camp site.

Hipcamper Kyle

Beautiful stay

Kyle B.
recommends this listing.
(Site 5)
October 18th, 2021

Beautiful farm and a wonderful place to camp. Richard was one of the most accommodating hosts I've ever worked with. Can't recommend camping here enough!

Hipcamper Richard
Response from Richard, the Host, on October 20th, 2021

Thank h you, Kyle. I enjoyed your visit.

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Hipcamper Corey

Wonderful!

Corey H.
recommends this listing.
(Site 3)
October 17th, 2021

Beautiful location! Private campsites, adorable cows, nice host!!

Hipcamper Elizabeth
Elizabeth C.
recommends this listing.
(Site 3)
October 13th, 2021

Beautiful farm, family all loved it!!

Hipcamper Kim

We can't wait to go back!

Kim M.
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(Site 3)
October 11th, 2021

We loved our stay here and we plan on making it am October tradition! Richard was a great host: informative, accommodating and helpful! Beautiful and peaceful spot.

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Hipcamper Richard
Response from Richard, the Host, on October 14th, 2021

Thank you Kim, enjoyed having you here.

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Hipcamper Becky

Woodpecker haven!

Becky K.
recommends this listing.
(Site 6)
October 11th, 2021

Beautiful and quiet spot in the woods. Richard was very accommodating. The trails were filled with woodpeckers! We saw red headed, red bellied, downy and hairy woodpeckers.

Hipcamper Danielle
Danielle R.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
October 10th, 2021

Host was very nice. Greeted us upon arrival and helped show us the way back to our site. Property was beautiful. So fun for our kids to drive through the cow pasture. We will definitely be back!

Hipcamper Julie
Julie F.
recommends this listing.
(Site 5)
October 10th, 2021

The campsite was great! Very private and had a beautiful view of the lake.

Hipcamper Becca

Perfect getaway

Becca H.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
October 10th, 2021

This was the perfect little getaway for a weekend outside of the city. The lake views from each campsite were gorgeous. We really appreciated the little barn with a bathroom and extra accommodations. We enjoyed walking the trails around the property and taking the canoe out for a row. I wish that the nearby campsite was a little bit farther, as they had very loud children that were disturbing. We will definitely be back!

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Awards

Best in 2021 Ohio
Finalist
Best of 2019 Ohio
8th place
Property
The Lake at the Flying J Farm
State
Ohio
Country
United States
$35/night
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